In my conversations with readers and with other people “in real life,” I’m often asked if I’ve tried acupuncture for infertility. The answer is that I’ve been regularly going to acupuncture for almost two years. If I’m being honest, I don’t know if it has had any effect on my fertility, but I do know that it provides a level of relaxation, comfort, and rest that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere. I can also say that I have experienced headache relief and relief from other aches and pains.
In an effort to find out more about how acupuncture for infertility patients, I contacted three acupuncturists who specialize in fertility issues. I’m sure you’ll find their insight as interesting and enlightening as I did.
Here’s a brief introduction to the experts I interviewed:
Randine Lewis (RL), Ph.D, L.Ac. (pictured left), is the author of The Way of The Fertile Soul and The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, and her work is regularly featured in the international media including on CBS The Early Show and in the Washington Post, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Elle magazine, Organic Style magazine, Pregnancy magazine and other publications.
Rikke Blessing (RB), MS, L.Ac. (pictured center), is the founder of Blessing Acupuncture in Monterey, California. She is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and on the faculty at the Chinese medical college in Oakland, California, where she teaches Gynecology. She is fluent in English, Danish, and Mandarin Chinese, and has translated classical and modern Chinese texts about Traditional Chinese Medicine and its principles and philosophy. I once received a treatment from Rikke when my regular acupuncturist was unavailable and she was so lovely!
Angela Wu (AW), L.Ac, O.M.D (pictured right) has over 30 years of experience in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and herbology. She’s the founder of Wu’s Healing Center in San Francisco, California, and the author of the book, Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine can Help Overcome Infertility.
Q. How can acupuncture help patients with infertility?
RL: I do not view acupuncture as a modality unto itself that resolves infertility. It is a complex system that can realign certain physical aspects that have been blocking conception. Acupuncture by itself can harmonize hormones, improve implantation, and increase circulation to the reproductive hormones. But that in itself cannot bring about life. Acupuncture was intended to be part of a complex system of energetically uncovering imbalances – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, lifestyle, relational, etc., to illuminate where one’s life was no longer in harmony with nature. When acupuncture is used without addressing the causes of the imbalance, I do not find it extremely effective at overcoming obstructions to the life force. Yet, when it can allow the individual to tap much deeper into ways into which her life has come out of harmony with her deepest nature, it can be an extremely effective tool. When I work with individuals now, I rarely perform acupuncture. I try to get them to discover their own inner obstructions and alleviate them – which is then curative. Otherwise I see it as a crutch. [Read more…]